mince (one's) words

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mince (one's) words

To speak vaguely or indirectly. Often used in the negative to convey the opposite, meaning that one speaks without regard to whether their words may upset someone. Can be used with or without a possessive. I hate to watch debates, which are really just two-hour marathons of talking heads mincing words. Wow, your aunt really doesn't mince her words. Is my sweatshirt really that ugly? Let me know what you think of the story when you're done, and, please, don't mince words.
See also: mince, word

mince (one's) words

to soften the effect of one's words. Tell me what you think, and don't mince your words. A frank person never minces words.
See also: mince, word
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Summary: New Delhi [India], November 23 (ANI): BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, who is known for not mincing his words, on Thursday fired a fresh salvo at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He will be remembered as a principled journalist, who expressed his views without mincing his words and enjoyed respect of his community", he added.
Not a man for mincing his words Vincenzo said the article was badly researched and written by someone who knew nothing.
Never one for mincing his words, he snorted with derision and let fly with a stream of mockery as I started mouthing off about the Giants turning over Leeds when the new Super League season gets under way.
We have missed the last exit on the motorway of negotiations", said EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, not mincing his words, after yet another failure in Geneva on 24 July during the emergency meeting of the G6, bringing together the key actors of the Doha Round.
WHILE health minister Stephen Ladyman was not mincing his words in directly blaming Liverpool council for the city's care home crisis,he runs into boorish and unconvincing territory by accusing this newspaper of scaremongering when we deem to ask perfectly pertinent questions.
TOURISM Minister Kim Howells is not, it has to be said, known for mincing his words.
Not mincing his words, Pope John Paul II made clear that a free Poland is betraying its freedom if it adopts such an approach: "True freedom demands order.
Never one for mincing his words, he told guests including Eva (above left): "They were sooo boring.
Patrick's not mincing his words when it comes to talking about the film: "I think they'll discover Dallas is better left how it was.
The one thing we don't expect from this show is to see Gordon mincing his words.